There is no feeling like a complete colour makeover, from blonde to brunette, brunette to copper and
everything in between, you can completely change your style with a fabulous new hair colour.
Head colourist of Oscar Oscar Salons in Sydney, Michael Kelly, recently transformed the hair colour and style
of some of Sydney’s top models for his 2013 ‘Lumiere’ collection. With the use of balayage and micro-foiling
techniques, as well as using some of this season hottest tones such as burnt coppers and pastel pinks, Michael
created some amazing colour transformations for these Sydney beauties.
“It is really important that clients are very prepared for their colour makeover. It could take months to achieve
the desired result and it can be expensive. However a new look can give a woman confidence and can be a lot
Michael Kelly, Master Technical Director, Oscar Oscar Salons
1. Find a renowned colour specialist, a complete colour makeover can be quite technical, so a great colourist
is crucial to ensure the end result is fab!
2. Have a consultation prior to the day of your colour. Most salons offer a complimentary consultation and this
allows you some time to sit with your colourist and share images, ideas, set up time frames and also
potentially see how much money you’ll need to set aside.
3. Be prepared. Have realistic expectations for your colourist to meet. Find photos of colour you love or are
4. Set up a time period in which you would like to get to the colour you desire, this could be a 3-month plan
or even up to a year plan. With the right colourist the journey will often be an enjoyable one.
5. Blondes going darker should start off soft, going in with lowlights and a gloss to tone down the blonde.
By doing this you can get a feel if you like darker tones without a drastic change straight away.
6. Blondes going dark should also be ready to take home a colour-lock care kit. When the hair is highly porous
from being so light the hair will find it hard to hold the colour. The right wash and care products will keep the
colour tonal and deeper for longer.
7. Brunettes going lighter should be open to taking things slower at first. In my experience over the years I
have guided my clients toward softer colouring techniques in the beginning to end up with more natural looking
results. Those that try an immediate change often end up with brassy, uneven and dry hair.
8. Anyone wanting to try the trend of the ‘pop pastel’ colours be warned – this means maintenance! For the
true pastel tones you need to bleach the hair to white, then very carefully tone the hair with a direct dye agent
that stains the hair. If left in the wrong hands this process can result in patchy, uneven and lackluster hair. I
recently spent 7.5 hours lightening a model to achieve this result! Just remember this look can be a big
commitment, with high levels of maintenance.
TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH MICHAEL KELLY PHONE: 02) 9360 7739